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BGCTM and Local Olympic-Related Organizations Celebrate Olympic Day with Games for Area Clubs

Event one of 700+ nationwide events celebrating the birth of the modern Olympic Games with guest appearances by Olympians and Paralympian   

Olympic DayThe spirit of the Olympic Movement rolls into Reno, as the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows and the Reno Tahoe Winter Games Coalition host a full-day of Olympic style games for more than 800 Boys & Girls Club members in celebration of Olympic Day. The Olympic Day event is Friday, July 17, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Foster Field at Reno High School with the closing ceremony across the street at the Club’s William N. Pennington Facility (1300 Foster Drive, Reno).

Event participants from the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows, Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Nevada, Boys & Girls Clubs of Mason Valley, Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe and City of Sparks Summer program will compete in more than 15 different games and activities such as: high jump, long jump, pole vault, curling, turbo javelin, biathlon, track, golf, judo, basketball, kickball, dodgeball, volleyball and soccer. The participants will partake in an ‘Athletes Parade’ to kick-off the event and receive medals during a closing ceremony to end the day.

“We are excited to take part in Olympic Day and inspire kids in northern Nevada,” said Mike Wurm, Executive Director, Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. “We are proud to partner with many great local organizations to support the Olympic Movement and encourage children to lead healthy, active lives.”

The Reno Tahoe Winter Games Coalition (RTWGC), dedicated to promoting the Olympic Movement throughout the region, has hosted an Olympic Day Sports Festival for each of the past five years and sees the partnership for this year’s event as the next step in the evolution to reach more of the area’s youth.

“We believe the best singular way to reach as many kids as possible is through this partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs throughout northern Nevada,” said Jon Killoran, Chief Executive Officer, RTWGC. “It is an excellent way to pass on this area’s rich Olympic heritage to the next generation.”

The newly formed Nevada Chapter of the United States Olympian and Paralympian Association has made their Olympic Day participation a top priority and will have several members on hand to share their experiences with the kids.

“This is a great opportunity to promote the Olympic Values of Friendship, Respect and Excellence in a really fun way,” said Dean Willeford, Nevada Chapter President. “These kids are going to have a great time!”

Willeford, a 1968 member of the U.S. Olympic Men’s water polo team is just one of the elite athletes who will meet and greet the kids this Friday. Phoebe Mills, a member of the 1988 Bronze Medalist Women’s Balance Beam Team and four-time Olympic skier Daron Rahlves (1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010) will join 2010 Paralympic skier Ricci Kilgore to provide tips and share stories.

The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows event is one of more than 700 events taking place nationwide this summer. The events, designed to engage youth and promote the ideals of the Olympic movement, feature athlete appearances, family-friendly activities and interactive learning experiences.

Around the world, more than 160 countries take part in the annual celebration. Olympic Day, created in 1948 to commemorate the birth of the modern Olympic Games, focuses on the Olympic values and ideals such as fair play, perseverance, respect and sportsmanship. In the U.S., Olympic Day events range from small gatherings to large, city-wide events.

For more information about Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows Olympic Day celebration, please contact Kelli Beaulieu, Athletic Director at (775) 360-2414 or kellib@bgctm.org. For more information about the Reno Tahoe Winter Games Coalition please contact Jon Killoran, CEO at (775) 622-3345 or jon.killoran@renotahoewintergames.org. For more information about the Nevada Chapter of the U.S. Olympians and Paralympians Association please contact Dean Willeford at (775) 827-1775.

 

 

Club Members join nationwide effort to stay active and reach 10 million kids and counting

Club to host a tour stop for the Triple Play Mobile Tour, which is getting youth active across the country this summer

Triple Play Emblem (CO.CT.IN.KY.ME.MO.NV.NH.OH.VA.WI)Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows will host a tour stop for the Triple Play Mobile Tour, which is getting youth active across the country this summer. The tour will stop at the Neil Road site (3905 Neil Road, Reno), Thursday, July 9 at 10:30 a.m., to engage hundreds of kids in activities that will get them active and moving – all while working towards the goal of logging getting more than 10 million connections with kids.

Sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company and Amerigroup Foundation/Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, the mobile tour is part of the national program Triple Play, Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s signature health and wellness program. With more than 3 out of 10 young people considered obese or overweight, early education and active programming for youth is even more critical for a healthier tomorrow. Since its inception in 2005, Triple Play has made more than 9.2 million connections with kids and continues to grow with more programming for kids and Clubs each year. The tour is working towards this goal of 10 million connects by August 9.

The Triple Play program motivates kids to be healthy by providing nutrition and health education and more access to healthy foods, and encouraging avoidance of risky behaviors and a lifelong commitment to fitness. Through Triple Play, Clubs will build the next generation of leaders.

For more information about the Triple Play Mobile Tour visit www.tripleplaytour.com. For more information about the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows please call 775-331-KIDS (5437).

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OFFERS ‘OUT OF THIS WORLD’ SUMMER CAMP PROGRAM AT SITES IN RENO, SPARKS AND FERNLEY

Summer-Camp-1200x1200The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows begins registration May 1 for exciting summer camp programs including traditional day camp, field trips, specialty camps and more at sites in Reno, Sparks and Fernley. Registration and Club membership orientations are available May through June for the ‘Out of this World’ themed summer camp program which runs June 15 – August 7, 2015 (Reno and Sparks sites) and June 1 – August 7 (Fernley site). Early registration is recommended as space is limited for specialty camp programs. Summer camp enrollees get all-day activities, breakfast and lunch included, and supervision by adults who make it a priority to keep the activities fun during the summer break.

Summer camp registration and Club membership orientations are available at these youth camp sites (ages 6-12): Donald W. Reynolds Facility, Neil Road Youth Site, Joe Mitchell Community Center in Lemmon Valley, Billinghurst Middle School, Fernley Intermediate School, Boys & Girls Club at Project Solution Community Complex and the William N. Pennington Facility. Youth site summer hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Fernley hours are Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.).

Teen Center summer sites (ages 13-18) include: Donald W. Reynolds Facility, William N. Pennington Facility, Boys & Girls Club at Project Solution Community Complex and Fernley Teen Center at Fernley Intermediate School (hours vary at Teen Center sites).

All summer Club members take part in organized activities ranging from sports, art-and-crafts, dance and computers. Frequent field trips allow kids to visit places such as Wild Island Family Adventure Park, Roller Kingdom, Jump Man Jump and more. Throughout the summer, the Club also features specialty summer camp programs focusing on diverse activities such as robotics, cheer, ceramics, equestrian, science, swim and many more. Fees for traditional summer camp are $40 per week (additional fees apply for field trips) and financial assistance is available.

Additionally, the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows hosts its annual Kickoff to Summer & BBQ events, Saturday, May 2 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Fernley Intermediate School and Saturday, May 9 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Donald W. Reynolds Facility in Reno. Both events feature FREE annual Club memberships for attendees, FREE barbecue lunch, bounce houses, face painting and more. Parents and/or guardians can attend membership orientations and register for summer camp programs. Orientations required for new and renewing Club members ages 6-12. Annual Club membership runs from June 1 – May 31.

Click here for information about the summer camp program or the Kickoff to Summer & BBQ events.

Marge’s Camp 2014 Recap – A Great Adventure

By Jake Herringshaw, Athletics Coordinator and Kelli Beaulieu, Athletic Director

2014 Marge's Camp Marge’s Camp, the Club’s traditional stay-over in the great outdoors summer camp concluded at the end of July with rave reviews from campers. More than 300 Boys & Girls Club members participated in the 9th annual Marge’s Camp experience. The two week adventure was broken down into three sessions including a girl’s week, boy’s week, and a week for the Reno Ballers Program. Each week members were prepped and loaded on buses at the DWR facility and transported to camp. Once members arrived they were split up into seven different camp sites with Boys & Girls Club staff members serving as senior counselors and Leaders In Training members as junior counselors. Shortly after the campers are settled in the real adventure begins . . .

On the first day of camp all campers and counselors head out to the swimming pool for their swim tests. Those who did not pass are given swimming lessons throughout the week in hopes of passing the test before they depart Marge’s Camp. This year more than 260 youth were able to pass the swim test by the end of camp. Throughout the next three days campers participated in a series of rotations that included Packer Lake, the swimming pool, S.M.A.R.T. (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training) Moves, outdoor education, sports, fitness and arts and crafts. This year Packer Lake gave kids the opportunity to not only swim and canoe, but to learn how to paddle board. Campers also got an opportunity to learn about the woods in the new outdoor education program. Campers learned how to make and read sun dials, learned about nursing logs, and the differences in soil erosion.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding The enrichment activities did not end there. In the revamped S.M.A.R.T. Moves program lessons, campers were introduced to impactful lessons covering fitness, healthy eating, and bullying vs. respect. Upon completion of Smart Moves campers got a chance to get creative with arts and crafts. This year featured some new projects including the making of survival bracelets, bird houses, and sand art, while also keeping the tradition of creating their own tie-dye T-shirt. Each day campers had the opportunity to play volleyball, basketball, corn-hole, and disk golf. We wrapped each week up on the final day with a six-mile hike to Deer Lake. After reaching this beautiful lake, campers ate lunch and swam in the crystal clear water to cool down before the journey back down the mountain.

The simplicity of a campfire, a hike, and a lake ties this amazing adventure together for the members of the Boys & Girls Club. During the last night each group of campers are encouraged to stand before their peers and express what camp means to them and explain their experience. The overwhelming message from all of the campers is one of great appreciation for the opportunity to experience this overnight camp. Marge’s Camp is magical, and brings perspective to youth on what is truly important in life . . . supportive relationships, friendship, and growth for oneself.